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Carndonagh pupils praised for drama skills 13.11.15

SOME of the best young actors in Donegal including Inishowen took to the stage of the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, recently for the annual Secondary Schools Drama Festival.
The festival was opened with a beautiful scene from a play titled ‘Public Embarrassment’, directed by Fiona McLaughlin and performed by students ranging in age from twelve to sixteen years from Carndonagh Community School.
The performance was described as "an energetic ensemble piece involving great music and dancing and was thoroughly enjoyed by both the cast and the audience".
Organised by Teresa McGowan of the award-winning Butt Drama Circle, the prestigious competition has been running for more than forty years, giving the youth of the county the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience in a professional theatre.
There were four entries this year: Carndonagh Community School, Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair and two productions by Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon.
The winning cast in the Donegal Secondary Schools Drama Festival, Pobailscoil Gaoth Dobhair. Pictured are Tarlagh Ó Dochartaigh (Albert), Daire Cotter (Tarlagh), Laura Ní Duibir (Bríd) Caitlín Nic Aoidh (Cait), Lorcan Ó Dochartaigh (Manus), Odhran Mac Ruairai (Ruairi) and the immigration officers were Daniel and Cian Rogers.
Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair swept the boards on the night with a Best Presentation award for ‘A View of the Clyde’, their powerful Donegal-Glasgow adaptation of the American classic ‘A View from The Bridge.’
Their teacher, Alison McLean, was also awarded the cup for Best Director.
The festival was adjudicated by Maura Logue who awarded many certificates of merit to participants as well as five 'Outstanding Performance' plaques.
She paid tribute to their teachers who, she said, go beyond the call of duty in taking on theatre productions.
“Donegal is a rural county, so it takes an extra big effort for students and their teachers to prepare out-of-hours and take a bus on a cold Tuesday night in November to attend a drama festival. And, what an effort has been made to get here tonight with the winners coming from Gaoth Dobhair, along with schools as far away as Carndonagh and Ballyshannon. An effort like that only comes with true passion," she added.
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